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Ion Fury is a prequel to Bombshell. Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, a bomb disposal expert working for the Global Defense Force (GDF), returns as the game's protagonist, fighting against the cybernetic forces of Dr. Jadus Heskel.

The game is built in a modified version of the EDuke32 source port of the famed Build engine that powered Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood, which brings modern additions to an otherwise quite old-school experience, such as high resolution support, higher-quality textures, and autosaves running alongside regular manual game saving options, while retaining the bulk of the gameplay from these titles.

On 28 February 2018, the Preview Campaign was released, having but one short episode that ends in a boss fight. Shelly has four weapons available to her, with her signature three-barreled revolver and homing bombs first seen in Bombshell also making a return. The game prides itself in the level of interactivity with the environment, and rewards exploration and uncovering secrets, some of which bring bonuses like health, armour and/or ammo pickups.


Ion Fury Linux Surveillance cameras from <i>Duke Nukem 3D</i> make a comeback.
Ion Fury Windows Main menu (preview campaign) - filtered OpenGL)
Ion Fury Windows Boss fight against a dropship
Ion Fury Windows Title screen (preview campaign)

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Ion Fury Screenshot
Ion Fury Screenshot
Ion Fury Screenshot
Ion Fury Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "The Washington Project" -- working title
  • "Ion Maiden" -- Early Access release title
  • "IF" -- Common abbreviation

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Gaming Nexus Windows Aug 14, 2019 9.5 out of 10 95
PC Invasion (INC Gamers) Windows Aug 14, 2019 9 out of 10 90
Vandal Online Windows Aug 15, 2019 9 out of 10 90 Xbox One May 21, 2020 85 out of 100 85
Gaming Cypher Nintendo Switch May 13, 2020 8 out of 10 80
Way Too Many Games Windows Aug 14, 2019 8 out of 10 80
God is a Geek Xbox One May 13, 2020 8 out of 10 80
ScreenRant Windows Aug 25, 2019 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Windows Aug 15, 2019 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox One Jun 19, 2020 Unscored Unscored


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3D Realms was sued over the games original title Ion Maiden by the band Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden claimed trademark infringement over the name of the game and its logo being extremely similar to theirs.


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